The Maple Leaf Festival is the third full weekend in October. For 2019, the Festival occurs October 19-20.

The Maple Leaf Festival began as a community event in 1958, inspired by Dr. Ivan Boyd, a biology professor at Baker University as well as Dr. Charles Doudna, Bill Horn, Leo Smith and C. R. Whitley. Dr. Boyd noted that the third weekend in October was the optimum time to view the changing colors of the Maple Leaves in the area and the perfect time to celebrate the successful harvest. 60 years later, with over 300 craft exhibits, quilt shows and displays, performing arts, music, unique food items and activities for the family, the Maple Leaf Festival is the biggest fall family event in the area and provides an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to raise funds.

The success of the festival rests in the dedication by community volunteers who meet throughout the year. This group of citizens, The Maple Leaf Festival Committee, spends countless hours putting together the festival. 

Maple Leaf Festival History and You

The Maple Leaf Festival Committee announces a special focus on festival history over the next four years. From 2019 through 2021 there will be a history display on the north interior wall of the Lumberyard Arts Center. For the 65th Anniversary in 2022, the Gallery will showcase the accumulated history displays of the four years.

Themes for the history displays are: 2019 – Founders & Firsts; 2020 – Bands & Booths; 2021 – Food & Fun; 2022 – Community & Commitment. Life is being brought to this project through collaboration with Lumberyard Arts Center, Baker Collins Library, Baldwin City Library, and Watkins Museum.

The community and festival participants are invited to add their personal color through sharing festival photos, historical materials or memorabilia. If you have items associated with festival history, please contact Ilene Kimsey 808.232.5024 or ikimsey@yahoo.com. All materials will be professionally scanned or photographed and returned to you.

Community Celebration of Maple Leaf Festival, October 5th, 2019, 6:30-8pm at the Lumberyard! Opening of MLF History Display, meet Festival Committee members and Featured Historical Guests, celebrate the ways you have participated in this rich community heritage.